Gambia ready to host Algeria in AFCON qualifier

Algeria are set to face Gambia in their first game under new manager Djamel Belmadi as the Desert Foxes play their second qualifying game for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The match takes place in Bakau at the Independence Stadium, on Saturday 8th September with kick off at 5.30pm. You can follow the match live and in English with DZ Football, by following us on Twitter or on our match-day live blog.

With three points already under their belt, the North Africans are looking to make it two wins out of two after defeating Togo last year at home. Benin take on Togo in the other group game on Sunday and could also reach maximum points with a win. The top two qualify for the tournament next June.

Gambia have to win in their case after losing their opening qualifier away to Benin as the road to Cameroon starts to hot up. The Algeria squad includes some big names such as Riyad Mahrez and Yacine Brahimi.

Hilal Soudani has been suffering with an injury however he did take part in the training sessions. The Algerian team arrived in Gambia on Thursday. Algeria’s opponents do possess the pace to cause a weak defence several potential problems.

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